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  • Ok this is not a reply but I need to talk to someone. I want to live with my dad and my plan is too runaway. If the cops are called will they ask my why I ran away?? If I ran away then could I get to live with my dad

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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry to hear that your situation has gotten to the point where you feel like you need to leave. We would be happy to talk to you about running away and what that could look like and how to do it safely as well as other options you may have. To answer your question, the cops will ask why you ran away, but in most cases they will return you back home regardless of what you tell them. We can’t say for sure whether or not you would be able to live with your dad, but if you want to talk more about your situation then we could give you a better idea of what could happen. If you are interested in having that conversation or talking about what other options there might be, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • If I run away can my mom call the cops on me plz help me answer the question

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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to NRS. This is a really great questions to ask and run away laws can get a bit confusing. Generally speaking, if you are under the age of 18 in most states, (21 for Mississippi and 19 in Alabama/Nebraska) and you leave home without permission then your legal guardian (your parent) can report you as a runaway. Running away is not illegal, but your mom can have the police return you home.

      We are here 24/7 to be a support for you while you deal with this challenging situation. You can reach out by phone or chat anytime if you would like to talk more about your situation.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • what happens if i run away because i'm abused

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      Hi there,

      Thank you for contacting NRS. From what you shared, home has not been safe for you. You deserve to be treated in a way that makes you feel cared for and abuse of any kind is never okay.

      Generally speaking, if you leave home without the permission of your parents/guardian, you can be reported as a runaway. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means that it is something that you cannot do because of your age and your parents can have the police return you home.

      Since you mentioned that there is abuse going on, you do have the option to make an abuse report. A child abuse report can get a social worker involved to help. This can be a scary decision to make and you do not need to make it alone. If you want to know more about the reporting process or you would like to start the report, you can call the national child abuse hotline at 1-800-422-4453 or go to https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/. Additionally we are here by phone and chat 24/7 to listen and help.

      We truly want to be a support for you while you think through your next steps. Please do not hesitate to reach out anytime by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • Hi i want to runaway when is the eight time to go

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hey, thanks for contacting us. We never tell anyone what to do, but if you want to give us a call or chat with us we can explore your situation with you further and help you decide what you'd like to do. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY and our chatroom can be found via the portal on our main website: www.1800runaway.org. We are confidential and here 24/7. Since you posted in this topic you may also be wondering if your mom or guardian can call the police if you do decide to leave home without permission. Just so you know, running away isn't a crime but it is a status offense like breaking curfew. Your mom can file a runaway report with the police if you are under 18 and leave home without permission. We hope this information helps and we hope to hear from you soon.

      Stay safe!
      NRS
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